France's Hollande names European expert his chief of staff

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Jean-Pierre Jouyet, boss of state-owned bank Caisse des Depots, is a well-connected political operator and close friend of the French president.

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French President Francois Hollande appointed a close friend and former European affairs minister to the strategic post of his chief of staff on Wednesday and reshuffled his private office to tighten the country's relations with Brussels, reports Reuters.